Agnes Houston MBE

Agnes Houston MBE is a dementia activist who has always put others first.

She was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2006 at the age of 57. She has campaigned for best practice and improving the lives of people with dementia (especially those experiencing sensory issues) in Scotland and received a lifetime achievement award from Alzheimer Scotland in 2013. Agnes is former Chair of the Scottish Dementia Working Group and currently Vice Chair of the European Dementia Working Group and a board member of Dementia Alliance International. In 2015 Agnes was awarded an MBE and in 2016 was awarded a Churchill Fellow.

Agnes (via video link) will join A/Prof Colm Cunningham on the plenary stage to report back on a number of initiatives which arose from the 2016 International Dementia Conference.

She will also be co-presenting (via video) a concurrent session with Julie Christie ‘Working Together as Agents of Change: Learning from co-productions’.

Together Agnes and Julie will share what putting the ‘WE’ in working together has meant for both people with dementia and the ‘professionals’ who work in this field. At the 2016 International Dementia Conference, the vision and challenge of a design school to be held ‘with’ and not ‘for’ people with dementia was realised. In this session we will hear from the people involved about the aspirations, opportunities and learnings from the first design school of its kind held in 2018 as we consider 'what next' for co-produced dementia design.